No Bond for Babies, Part Two: First Artesia, Now Karnes

No Bond for Babies, Part Two: First Artesia, Now Karnes

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement now is seeking no bond or high bond for immigrants detained at the 537-bed Karnes County Residential Center, including those who pass a credible-fear interview — the first hurdle to gaining asylum — even if they present no flight risk or threat to public safety.

“Even if the women have passed their credible-fear interviews and have strong asylum claims, the government is arguing that no women should be released under any circumstances for the duration of their cases,” said Barbara Hines, co-director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. “Keeping mothers and children detained is the most extreme position the government could take.”

Hartman agrees, noting the agency's practice of rushing the process itself dissuades immigrants from seeking asylum.

“By fast-tracking cases, all those people who do have valid, legitimate claims, they are not being heard because they are not being allowed to tell their whole stories,” Hartman said. “Our immigration laws, we should use them and we should follow them. We are not following them. This is not due process.” - San Antonio Express-News, Aug. 27, 2014.

[See also, No Bond for Babies.]

Maria Bertalina Ramirez, 21, of Honduras holds son, Jose Joel, 1, as they wait to be questioned by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after they crossed the Rio Grande by boat; photo by Lisa Krantz.